The Cliff House Will Test Your Fear of Heights

The Cliff House Will Test Your Fear of Heights

How comfortable do you feel hanging off the side of a cliff? Lots of people are afraid of heights, or at least anxious about stare directly into the abyss. Despite the shock of being suspended in midair, the construction of this tiny house and its panoramic views might just change your mind.

A conceptual modular house in Victoria, Australia is turning heads. Called the Cliff House, the five-story home is loaded with spectacular sea views. The property is located on the southwestern coast of Victoria, set amidst one of the area’s many cliffs. It includes three double bedrooms and a spa, all with water views for maximum relaxation.


The Cliff House is designed to be as convenient as possible for its inhabitants. The home has an elevator which takes you from the spa on the fifth floor down to the four floors below. The kitchen is on the second floor, and boasts and open floor plan that makes the most of the picturesque location. The third and fourth floors are both double bedrooms, giving the homeowners and their friends maximum privacy. The lower level is all about fun. It includes an open air jacuzzi and a great barbecue area, both ideal for relaxing or entertaining friends and family.


This design concept was created by the amazing architects at Modscape. Although there is skepticism about the home’s ability to withstand its cliff-side location, the designers say that steel pins would be enough to keep the house anchored for centuries. “Inspired by the way barnacles cling to the hull of a ship, a concept was developed for a modular home to hang off the side of a cliff as opposed to sitting on top of it. The home is visualized as a natural extension of the cliff face rather than an addition to the landscape, creating an absolute connection with the ocean,” said a company spokesperson.


The prefab technologies are used to create a series of stacked modules that are each anchored to the cliff with steel pins. The homeowners will drop down into the home from the roof, which will house a carport and the aforementioned lift that connects the different levels.

Inside the home, the unique spatial existence of the house takes center stage. The living spaces are ideal for a minimalistic aesthetic, to ensure that the ocean views remain the dominant feature. The overall affect makes the owners feel that they are outside with the birds, hovering over the cliffs. 


Remi Koene
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